“An outstanding cabernet from this super-premium label. A blend of Margaret River and Great Southern fruit, with highly scented aromas of black fruit and leafy tobacco. The palate is intense and concentrated, with powerful, driving tannins delivering the fruit to a very long, balanced finish. Quite chewy and rich, with focus and control.”
Ray Jordan, The West Australian
“A graceful triumph for a warm season, and an outstanding Abercrombie that makes its mark not because it is a blockbuster, but quite the contrary, a classic, medium-bodied Western Australian cabernet of intricate refinement. A blend of Mount Barker and Margaret River, there’s loads of complexity wrapped into its folds, with tobacco, cedar, coffee bean, dark chocolate and tomato bush all taking their place around a dense core of blackcurrant fruit. The palate is focused, scaffolded, impeccably defined and intricately structured, with crunchy black fruits of elegant refinement uniting with dark chocolate and tobacco oak in a streamlined frame of medium-bodied agility and well-engineered space. Tannins are ultra-fine, polished, lingering very long and promising a magnificent future”.
Tyson Stelzer, Wine Press
“A regional blend of old, low-yielding wines matured in French barriques (60% new) for 20 months. It has that restraint cabernet has in its youth, slowly opening its arms to relax and welcome you with age (5+ years) when the fragrance of the bouquet will increase in scope and intensity, cedary nuances infused through the black fruits and softening tannins”.
James Halliday, James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
The 2011 Season
The 2011 growing season in the south west of Western Australia was favourable for the production of great wine. After a winter of sufficient rain, the spring to autumn period was warm to hot, dry and characterised by less than average summer precipitation or humidity. An added bonus to the benign harvest conditions was the explosion of native blossom which sated the otherwise grape-loving, resident bird populations.
All grapes selected for Abercrombie are handpicked, destemmed and sorted before fermentation in a mix of small static fermenters and open stainless steel vats. The grapes are hand-plunged and pumped over as required to balance the extraction of colour, tannin and flavour. Each fermenter is basket-pressed to French oak barriques for 18 months of maturation which allows for the thorough integration of the oak and grape tannins. The wine is minimally fined then filtered prior to bottling.
Alcohol: 14% v/v | pH: 3.65 | Acidity: 6.4 g/lt
The dense and dark ruby colour implies youth, richness and intensity. Presently the bouquet is restrained yet suggestive of abundantly ripe dark berry fruits fine, sweet French oak spice. The promise of the nose washes the palate with dense blackberry and blackcurrant fruits, hints of sweet mint and freshly rubbed herbs. Powerful and opulent, the palate is deftly cradled in well integrated ripe fruit and fine oak tannins and a soft acidity.
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